Meet Sarah: Running on Coffee, Chaos, and Creativity

Hello, Mid-Michigan! My name is Sarah, and I’m part of the newest batch of contributors to Mid-Michigan Moms. I live in Lansing with my husband, Chris, our two-year-old daughter, Cecily, and 10-year-old rescue pup, Riley. My life is truly a comedy of errors, and I can’t wait to take you along for the ride! Ready? Just keep scrolling. 

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I grew up in West Bloomfield, Michigan as the youngest of three children and the spunkiest of black sheep. My brother and sister were both STEM-focused athletes, and I was the dancing, singing, artistic child. The one thing we all had in common was our love of Michigan State (GO GREEN!). I graduated in 3.5 years with a degree in Journalism and a specialization in American Sign Language and was one of 6 people in my graduating class to have a perfect 4.0 GPA (#NerdAlert!).

My career in journalism has taken me all across the country, from Montana to Minnesota and Pennsylvania. I’ve worked on all sides of the camera, have appeared on national television, and had the privilege of covering some truly unforgettable stories. I’ve also had the honor of being recognized by several professional organizations for my work, including five Emmy nominations. No matter where I roamed though, Michigan was always home, and it was always my goal to come back. When my brother’s esophageal cancer returned, I knew it was time. I accepted a job as an evening anchor in Lansing and was able to be with him when he passed.

About 5 years ago, I was on the receiving end of a flirtatious tweet from a guy named Chris. He was pretty insistent that he take me out to dinner, and I was pretty insistent that he was going to harvest all of my organs. That was in January. We started dating in May, and I’m pretty sure I fell in love before I finished my coffee on our first date. We were married in October of the following year. As I said in my vows, from the moment I met him, he had the music that made my heart sing, and my soul knew every note. It was a whirlwind romance, but I’m proud to say, all of my organs are still exactly where they should be. 

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After a heartbreaking miscarriage, we welcomed our beautiful rainbow baby, Cecily into the world in 2018. She is my fiercely independent, goofy, toy tornado, who refuses to wear anything in her hair. The end result? She looks a lot like a baby Bill Murray, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Toddler hair can be messy, so can life. It is what it is. 

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Messy hair aside, she is my absolute world. Cecily is hands down my biggest joy and greatest accomplishment. I am the climbing-through-jungle-gyms, belting-Frozen-songs-in-the-middle-of-the-grocery-store, covered-in-finger-paint, matching-outfits, family- costume kind of mom, and I wouldn’t trade it for a second. I am hands-on. I am in it. I’ve had plenty of missteps and failures. I’m not perfect, but what mom is? Motherhood has been my most rewarding and favorite job yet.  I don’t think I ever really understood what love was until I first laid eyes on her. (Sorry, Chris).

So, now that the formalities are out of the way, who am I really? I am a black widow to houseplants near and far. I love trying new recipes, some more successfully than others. I have no fewer than 99 craft projects (and 98 Pinterest fails) in progress at any given moment, and suffer from a major case of, “I can make that!”, even if it ends up costing $100 more in supplies for my version, then for the one in the store. I love tacky reality TV shows, would do questionable things for the combination of peanut butter and chocolate, and can appreciate the beauty of a good rum and diet at the end of a long day. I love a good pun and am addicted to laughter, both yours and mine. After a lifetime of battling depression and anxiety, my smile is absolutely the most important thing I wear, and getting a smile out of other people is at the very heart of who I am.

So, if you’re up for a good laugh, you can follow me here at Mid-Michigan Moms and at Running on Coffee, Chaos & Creativity — and stay up to date on all of my latest musings, craft projects, and how-to videos.